How to choose your adult ice skates?
If you are new to ice skating, you might have difficulty understanding certain technical terms. It's true that this sport has a vocabulary that can be hard to master for the uninitiated, but don't worry: we're here to help!
HOW TO CHOOSE RECREATIONAL SKATES?
Want to experience sliding freely along the ice while keeping your feet in optimum comfort? If so, we recommend you opt for skates with an articulated structure, allowing you to move your feet; a boot solid enough to withstand shock, and form-fit foam for greater comfort. The steel blade featured on most skates available on the market gives you better stability.
HOW TO CHOOSE FIGURE SKATES?
Want to skate lightly and gracefully?
Go for a skate with a high upper and at least nine eyelets or lace hooks for excellent ankle support, and form-fit memory foam in the boot for greater comfort. Steel blades will allow you increased stability when performing different moves.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR ICE SKATES
Here you will find expressions relating to the ice-skating universe.
- Articulated Structure: The articulated shell of the recreational skate combines support for your foot with freedom of movement. The lined boot and tongue offer increased comfort, while the hose clamp and strap allow for excellent ankle support while on the ice.
- Blade: The skates with the longest blades are ice-hockey skates. This allows the wearer to skate with greater stability, but with less power. Blades have toe picks at the front to assist the skater when performing moves such as spins and jumps.
- Boot: This is the part which fits around the foot. It is reinforced around the ankle bones for greater comfort. The skate's shell protects the foot from knocks. Figure skates have up to 7 eyelets and 4 lace hooks, offering greater freedom to the ankle when launching into moves.
When standing, the heel should sit firmly in boot and the toes should gently brush the end of the boot. When the knees are flexed, the foot should move backwards and the toes should no longer reach the end.